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Personal Digital Archiving 2013. February 21st and 22nd, 2013. Hosted by: The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, The National Digital Information Infrastructure Program at the Library of Congress, and The University of Maryland Libraries. Collaborating organizations: The Coalition for Networked Information.
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Personal Digital Archiving conference at Internet Archive February 24-25, 2011. Conference Chair: Jeff Ubois
As the quintessential personal digital archive, Facebook no longer requires an introduction; its user-base is currently estimated at one billion active monthly profiles, give or take a few fake accounts. On the front end, its the epitome of the user-generated content platform and of the postmodern living archive. Its underbelly, however, remains much less explored and theorized (Miller, 2006; Bennet 2010). Academic research on Facebook has instead addressed: urgent policy, privacy, and...
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Presentation at the Personal Digital Archiving conference at Internet Archive February 24-25, 2011. Conference Chair: Jeff Ubois
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The archival community struggles to fit in the private process of personal digital archiving. A common recommendation is to begin preservation far upstream, introducing archival practices early into the act of personal collection. But what may the archives best intentions introduce into the act of personal collection? Entering too early into the process may place undue influence on the decisions of the collector, the what gets kept and why? Active preservation of digital personal archives is...
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This paper explores how local and family history services in public libraries overlap with personal digital archiving. The theory used to connect these two domains come from Folklore studies, particularly Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimbletts work on indigenous modes of life review, which she defines as the social construction of the self through time and the transformation of experience through materials readily at hand. This theory helps us understand how individuals use materials and resources...
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The George Sanger Papers form a unique case study in personal digital archiving. As a freelance audio composer for videogames, Mr. Sanger, also known professionally as The Fat Man, amassed a large amount of digital content during the late 1980s “ 2000s. Not only did he create and find it necessary to retain large quantities of files, he stored these files on a wide variety of media, at least nine types all requiring different drives to access them. Furthermore, the files contained on these...
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The Library of Congress has held personal digital archiving day outreach events over the past few years. Weve found that individuals have little knowledge or experience saving or preserving their digital information of personal value — such as digital photos, audiovisual files, email, personal electronic documents and social media content. At these events, we provide the public with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Programs personal digital archiving guidance...
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Although the Holocaust Museums Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive acquires film footage from archives all over the world, some of our most important sources of film are individuals who donate their private home movies. These films “ amounting to about 50 hours from 60 different collections “ offer perspectives and subject coverage that is often missing from the official or commercial canon. Home movies convey intimacy and familiarity, and have a special way of connecting people to the...
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This paper presents preliminary findings of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project currently underway at Penn State University. In the project, we explore the digital scholarly workflow of Penn State faculty across disciplines encompassing the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The project explores scholars practices and needs related to information management within a personal data lifecycle. Drawing on results of the web-based survey completed by over 300 Penn State faculty...
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During my research about personal digital archiving practices, I asked participants if they would be willing at the end of their lives or after they die for their personal digital collections to be donated to memory institutions, such as local historical societies or collecting archives. The donation of personal documents to memory institutions is slightly different from leaving behind personal digital collections for family members or close friends. First, the donated documents become objects...
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The educational resources of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress include several videos created to help educate the general public about personal digital archiving. Titles that I will look at in my lightning talk are Adding Descriptions to Digital Photos: Your Gift to the Future, about adding photometadata to photos; K-12 Web Archiving: Preserving the Present, America’s Young Archivists and Web Archiving about web archiving and...
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As self-published print culture artifacts distributed through small-scale networks and informal gift economies, zines pose unique and well-documented challenges not only to traditional archivists but also to those interested in digital preservation. Often of uncertain provenance, nonstandard size and shape, and a wide range of materials, zines are a medium that combines do-it-yourself (DIY) ethics with cut-and-paste aesthetics, defying formal conventions (and copyright laws) in order to tell...
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Born-digital materials are vulnerable. They can be damaged by environmental factors, internal corruption, and human hands. The creators, dealers, family members, and other custodians handling disks and computers destined for an archival repository may be uncomfortable with technology, uncertain about the value of digital files, and unsure of how to protect digital materials from harm during shipping. With these concerns in mind, ten archivists and special collections curators from the Beinecke,...
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Alzheimers Avalanche: As we age, there is a growing sense of urgency to preserve our ability to remember. It is often first brought home when older family members start to forget. In millions of cases it is the more dramatic deterioration brought on by Alzheimer’s and related dementia. There are 5.5 million people with Alzheimer’s in the US today, and the number is escalating rapidly. While the impact on society is immense, the impact on caregiver families is often devastating....
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This presentation will summarize the findings of a two-year long study of the archiving and documentation practices of professionally-active artists, culled from in-depth interviews conducted at the studios of renowned and award-winning artists Cai Guo Qiang, Mel Chin, Susan Harbage Page, Juan Logan, Dara Birnbaum, Phyllis Baldino, Stacy Lynn Waddell, William Wegman, Shana Moulton, and Vito Acconci. In their own voices, artists and their assistants describe their working practices, how they...
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Archivists have an opportunity to inform the actions of individuals around preserving their personal collections; however, they risk losing this opportunity because the collections of ordinary citizens are broader than the traditional conceptualization of archival content. I argue for the extension of the concept of personal archiving to include what I call personal artifacting, which reflects the fact that these ordinary citizens do not distinguish between documents and three-dimensional...
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Collections of personal artifacts “ whether they’re analog or digital “ tend to contain a lot of information that is personally revealing. Their ability to reflect the details, perceptions and experiences of everyday life is precisely why personal collections can be such rich and valuable resources for researchers. Librarians and archivists who are responsible for managing and providing access to personal collections have long had to balance the interests of access to revealing...
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Video games and gaming systems have evolved over the years several methods of file and character preservation: password codes, save states, and checkpoints all represent methods of digital record keeping that are standard features of gaming. Yet with the internet and the advent of online gaming, some of these features were impractical; for open-world, sandbox-style games which were not compatible with mechanics like save states because the game could not be suspended, there was an issue with...
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Collections of personal artifacts “ whether they’re analog or digital “ tend to contain a lot of information that is personally revealing. Their ability to reflect the details, perceptions and experiences of everyday life is precisely why personal collections can be such rich and valuable resources for researchers. Librarians and archivists who are responsible for managing and providing access to personal collections have long had to balance the interests of access to revealing...
Topics: pda2013, archiving
Collections of personal artifacts “ whether they’re analog or digital “ tend to contain a lot of information that is personally revealing. Their ability to reflect the details, perceptions and experiences of everyday life is precisely why personal collections can be such rich and valuable resources for researchers. Librarians and archivists who are responsible for managing and providing access to personal collections have long had to balance the interests of access to revealing...
Topics: pda2013, archiving
Collections of personal artifacts “ whether they’re analog or digital “ tend to contain a lot of information that is personally revealing. Their ability to reflect the details, perceptions and experiences of everyday life is precisely why personal collections can be such rich and valuable resources for researchers. Librarians and archivists who are responsible for managing and providing access to personal collections have long had to balance the interests of access to revealing...
Topics: pda2013, archiving